Here’s a quick video I recorded live on facebook earlier this week.
It’s 16 minutes long, and it’s all about why I’ve decided to abandon the painting I’ve been working in this week.
I’m sharing this because I think it’s useful to know that this happens to all of us sometimes. Mostly artists just share their most impressive work online.
But I like to take a “warts and all” approach because I think it’s probably more helpful in the long run.
So here it is, a large wart on a panel 🙂
In the video, I talk about a couple of resources that I highly recommend you check out.
The second resource I think you should get (and use) is the book composition by Arthur Wesley Dow. Dow was a hugely influential American artist and educator. His basic idea is that art is about design first and foremost, and has a beneficial influence of its own. He was roughly contemporary with the American arts and crafts movement, and very much in line with its philosophy.
You can download Composition by Arthur Wesley Dow here (legally, it’s out of copyright).
I’ve used this book extensively in the past but have worked only with the line and tone sections. Now I’m going to start working on the colour design exercises. Expect posts on how I plan to develop this skill before too long.
Best wishes and thanks for reading,
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